Children’s Services Implementation Consultant


Type of employment: Fixed for 12 months with 2 further years indicative funding  
Salary: £42,149 - £51,799
Closing Date: 31 October 2021

Change-makers sought! Do you want to help Scotland to Keep The Promise?

About you

We’re looking for someone to be part of our Children’s Services Implementation team who’ll bring passion, insight and understanding to our work focussed on enabling effective family support and, where needed, high quality alternative care for children and young people. The role would suit candidates with compassion, sensitivity and the strong relationship-building skills required to support, facilitate and encourage systemic and strategic change in practices.

About the role

Our Children’s Services Implementation Consultant will work with children’s services, other partner organisations and with those who have lived experience to support and embed impactful systems change and improvement. With others in the team, this post will support the development of genuine partnerships, groups and forums to share and embed best evidence and to facilitate staged based approaches to change. Central to the role is the ability to apply evidence based approaches, facilitation, coaching and practical skills to support improvement and support implementation of innovative and evidence-based practices that will better meet the needs of children, families and carers.


CELCIS, the Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection, is an internationally recognised leading improvement and innovation centre based in Scotland at the University of Strathclyde. We are dedicated to supporting change and improvement for children in need of care and protection, their families and carers, and care leavers.

Focused on improving the lives of children and young people in need of care and protection and their families and carers, we support people and organisation’s responsible for their care to make long-lasting changes in services, in systems and the practices and skills they use. We work with organisations and people across Scotland at local and national to level to realise The Promise of the Independent Care Review (2020).

The focus of the work of this team is to support those across Scotland, who are working to ensure the stability and permanence of babies, children and young people and also ensure their protection from abuse, harm and neglect.

Qualifications and experience

You will have an appropriate professional qualification / relevant degree, with substantial practical experience and evidence of successful collaborative working, including experience of using an improvement and implementation approach. You will have relevant knowledge and experience of the children’s care and protection sector drawn from one or more of the following fields: early family support, services for looked after children; securing positive destinations/outcomes for children in need of care and protection and also a strong track record of influencing the work of others through a range of workforce development opportunities such as consultancy, leading implementation projects, partnership working, facilitation attending to implementing and sustaining change.

Funding for the post: Like for all colleagues in the team, this post is initially funded for 12 months, with a further 2 years of funding indicated by Scottish Government. CELCIS has received funding in this way from Scottish Government since 2010 where we agree our funding level every year, as well as agree the next two years indicative level.

All CELCIS staff are working remotely at home until the University has ensured it is safe and essential to work in the office (we are based in the Curran Building at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow). Flexibility for blended working arrangements (from home, in the office, and travel to work with local partners as required for the role) can be available and we are happy to discuss.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Claire Burns, Director (Acting) (

Formal interviews for this post are expected to be held on 25/11/2021 or 26/11/2021.

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